From GEDcoms to Online Family Trees

Ancestry World Trees vs. MyTrees.com

by Michelle Unger

MyTrees.com is hosted by Kindred Connections. When first logging onto the website, you may conduct a search, register, sign up for a newsletter or click on any of the tabs at the top of the page. To register, click "register now". You have a few options here. You must provide your name, address, telephone number, email address and a password. You may then choose the type of registration you would like. The options are as follows: (US)$5 for 10 Days, non-refundable; (US)$15 for One Month; (US)$100 for One Year; with the following payment options: Credit card number sent via secured Internet on next screen; Credit card number called in AFTER this form has been submitted; Personal check* (Account activated when check is received).

The "resources" tab, the link takes you to a drop-down menu where you can choose the country and, if in the US, the state. After clicking the search button, you will be taken to a list of professional genealogists. It also provides the address, email and website, if available. However, this is only one aspect of the resources feature. If you select the Genealogical Libraries link, it will take you to a page similar to the leading page for finding a professional genealogist. As before, you select the country and state to be taken to a list of available genealogical libraries. The link list on the left of the page also offers "white pages" (similar to a phone book), free software (Legacy Family Tree and Kindred Connections) and a date converter. This can figure the birthdate of your ancestor if you have the date of death and the age. It also has the following free forms including the following forms: Family Group Form: The Family Gr oup Form is used to enter details about individuals in the family. It inclu des the husband and wife of the family with the first six children. Family Group Continuation Form: If a family has more than six children, use the Family Group Continuation Form. Family Pedigree Chart: The Family Pedigree Chart is used to record your family tree, using the husband and wife for each field on the chart. Individual Pedigree Chart: The Individual Pedigree Chart is used to record your family tree, using the individual for each field on the chart. Checklist: Use this checklist to keep track of what you have searched and what you need to search for each individual in your family tree. Research Log: The Research Log is used to record the resources you have searched and the results you have found.

When clicking on the "my trees" tab, you have the option of either beginning your family tree or uploading a GEDcom file you already have stored. When clicking the "search" tab, you may search the following: all genealogy databases, ancestry archive search, ancestry archive results, mytrees plus search , mytrees plus results, extracted vital records, Canada genealogy, New Zealand genealogy, UK genealogy, US genealogy, census records, the Social Security Death Index and the Ellis Island genealogy. You do not need to subscribe to a separate service in order to be able to conduct the research and you are able to use conduct the same research as a guest that you would as a paid subscriber..

Ancestry World Tree is a service offered by Ancestry.com. It is a free database of files that have been submitted by users internationally. As I explained in the past article, Ancestry World Tree works in conjunction with One World Tree. To search, simply click on the "search records" tab and type in some of the information you know. It is important to remember that sometimes it is best to limit the search but to have the information handy to verify. If you are too specific, you may not be able to find any of the information you are looking for.

To utilize Ancestry World Tree, you create a new family tree or upload a GEDcom file. Ancestry.com previously used a software program called Ancestry Family Tree. When trying out the new programs on Ancestry.com, I have found no differences between Ancestry Family Tree and Ancestry World Tree.

I have found that it is very difficult to distinguish which is Ancestry World Tree and One World Tree. One of these is a free service and the other is a subscription service. While Ancestry.com offers some of the latest technology, it can be very expensive. Also it is very difficult to get a good feels as to what some of the results might be because the guest membership can be very limited. Each service it provides requires a separate subscription.

I found that MyTrees.com is very easy to use. It is very self-explanatory. The free trial membership gives you access to all of the different services offered. The cost is relatively inexpensive compared to paying for each individual service offered elsewhere. For this reason, I strongly suggest searching around before locking yourself into something that you may be able to find elsewhere.

 

 

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